Greens want end to political donor secrecy

Leader of the Green Party in Northern Ireland Steven Agnew MLA
Leader of the Green Party in Northern Ireland Steven Agnew MLA

The leader of the Green Party in Northern Ireland has called for all political parties to publish information on donations.

Speaking at the party’s annual conference – held at the Skainos Centre in east Belfast on Saturday – Steven Agnew said that while others talked about transparency, the Greens were the only party to publish the details of all donations over £500.

Promising “clean politics,” the North Down MLA,
pictured, said: “We are also the only party not to accept corporate donations. As the only real pan-European party, these are the elections when the Green Party comes into its own.

“Green Party NI enters these elections with the right message, the right principles and the right European candidate in Ross Brown.”

Northern Ireland is the only region of the UK where donations to political parties can remain secret on security grounds. In other parts of the UK, the names of any donors providing more than £7,500 are routinely published.

Other motions debated at the conference included: encouraging more diversity of representation in politics; support for independent retailers; codes of conduct for councillors in the new super councils and a call for fracking to be banned in Northern Ireland.